iOS UI Component for displaying bubble similar to the Mail app wenn selecting contacts
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Easy to use iOS UI Class for providing a bubble list similar to the contact bubbles in the iOS and OSX Mail App. Supports editing, deletion, insert, inseratAtIndex, Custom UIMenuControllerItems for a given index and animation support. Working with iPad and iPhone. Currently it is non-ARC.


  • Refer to the Sample Project.
  • Drag and Drop HEBubbleViewItem and HEBubbleView files to your XCode Project
  • Create a UIViewController subclass and implement the HEBubbleViewDatasource and HEBubbleViewDelegate protocol
  • Usage is very similar to UITableViewController/DataSource/Delegate


-(NSInteger)numberOfItemsInBubbleView:(HEBubbleView *)bubbleView;
-(HEBubbleViewItem *)bubbleView:(HEBubbleView *)bubbleView bubbleItemForIndex:(NSInteger)index;


-(void)bubbleView:(HEBubbleView *)bubbleView didSelectBubbleItemAtIndex:(NSInteger)index;
-(BOOL)bubbleView:(HEBubbleView *)bubbleView shouldShowMenuForBubbleItemAtIndex:(NSInteger)index;
-(NSArray *)bubbleView:(HEBubbleView *)bubbleView menuItemsForBubbleItemAtIndex:(NSInteger)index;
-(void)bubbleView:(HEBubbleView *)bubbleView didHideMenuForBubbleItemAtIndex:(NSInteger)index;

Create and configure the BubbleView in your ViewController

    bubbleView = [[HEBubbleView alloc] initWithFrame:self.view.frame];
    self.view.backgroundColor = [UIColor underPageBackgroundColor];
    // configure bubble view
    bubbleView.alwaysBounceVertical = YES;
    bubbleView.bubbleDataSource = self;
    bubbleView.bubbleDelegate = self;
    bubbleView.selectionStyle = HEBubbleViewSelectionStyleDefault
    [self.view addSubview:bubbleView];
    [bubbleView release];
  • You must override canBecomeFirstResponder and return YES in your HEBubbleViewDelegate, otherwise MenuController callout is not shown
    return YES;


Copyright 2012 Clemens Hammerl / Adam Eri

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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Attribution is appreciated.